In less than a week after the arrest of a 22-year-old Corp member serving in Abuja, and the interception of N6 billion worth of illicit drugs, the Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement, (NDLEA), in series of sting operations across the country, have again arrested an Abuja based 20-year-old graduate, Miss Bee Okoro, and her dispatched rider, Idewo Raimi, for producing and selling drugged candies and cookies.
“… a 20-year-old graduate, Miss Bee Okoro has been arrested in Abuja for producing and selling drugged candies and cookies. A 27-year-old dispatch rider, Idewo Raimi who handles door-to-door delivery for her was also arrested.
“The suspects who were arrested at Garki Area 11 on Friday 10th September, with a number of their drugged products, and 400grams of Loud and Arizona, confessed they have been in the drug business for over a year.
Also, following an intelligence report, Yusuf Sherifat, a 36-year-old lady, prison returnee, was again, on Tuesday, 7th September, nabbed by NDLEA Operatives in Kwara State capital, for selling crack cocaine.
“NDLEA operatives in Kwara state on Tuesday, 7th September, arrested a 36-year-old lady, Yusuf Sherifat who recently completed a jail sentence following her conviction by a Federal High Court in Ilorin for dealing in 22 grams of crack cocaine. Her latest arrest along Specialist Hospital Road, Alagbado, Ilorin, followed intelligence that she has resumed sale of crack cocaine in Ilorin metropolis. This time around, she devised another means of delivering drugs along the road to known customers who contact her via telephone calls.
In a similar raid, Operatives of the Agency also “seized over 24,311 kilograms of heroin, codeine as well as Arizona and Colorado variants of cannabis in fresh drug busts at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja and the Tincan seaport, Apapa, Lagos state.
“At the Tincan seaport, Apapa, narcotic officers intercepted a 40ft container loaded with 22,590 kilograms of Barcadin Codeine syrup on Monday 6th Sept following intelligence received from international partners on the container since May 2021. The container was also found to include 4,020.03kg of analgesic tablets and 47 cartons of insulated hot pots used to conceal the illicit drugs, all imported from India. Equally, on Friday 10th Sept, a consignment of Colorado weighing 17.5kg, hidden inside a Grand Caravan Dodge vehicle shipped in a 40ft container from Montreal, Canada, was also intercepted and seized at the Tincan port. While “two consignments containing 10.350kg heroin and 25.2kg cannabis from South Africa were intercepted on Friday 3rd September, 2021 at the SAHCO export shed of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA.
Raids in Edo, Gombe, Kaduna, Taraba state, at different times, resulted in the seized drug substances and the arrest of the offenders.
NDLEA Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, revealed this on Sunday, September 12th, 2021, in a Statement issued from the Agency’s Headquarters, in Abuja.
The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, has commended the commanders, officers and men of the various commands of the Agency, ‘for their resilience and bravery’; and affirmed that, the Agency will have “zero tolerance for production, trafficking and abuse of any illicit substance, warning that drug dealers who are yet to have a change of heart must be ready to contend with the new NDLEA.”